Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. "Simone said she later found out from an insider at Curtis that she was denied entry because she was black."
To fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist, she began playing in a small club in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing.
She was approached by Bethlehem Records, and her rendition of "I Love You, Porgy" was a hit in the United States in 1958. Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974.
Simone's bearing and stage presence earned her the title "High Priestess of Soul." She was a piano player, singer, and performer, "separately and simultaneously." As a composer and arranger, Simone moved from gospel to blues, jazz, and folk, and to numbers with European classical styling.
She injected her classical background into her music as much as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.
Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old.
Simone was known for her temper and numerous anger management issues. In 1985, she fired a gun at a record company executive whom she accused of stealing royalties. Simone said she "tried to kill him" but "missed." In 1995, she shot and wounded her neighbor's son with an air gun after the boy's laughter disturbed her concentration.
Simone took medication for a condition from the mid-1960s on. All this was only known to a small group of intimates, and kept out of public view for many years, until the biography Break Down and Let It All Out written by Sylvia Hampton and David Nathan revealed this in 2004 after her death.
If you haven't seen her biography movie, please watch it. You'll be able to get a better appreciation for this great talent. This woman lived during some big racist times in American history. If she desired, she could have sung the comfy songs as to not upset the status quo and live a very comfortable life.
She did the complete opposite. Most of her songs were overcome songs aimed at getting people to think about the wrongs of racism. Why did she do this? She did it for us, plain and straightforward. Her husband-manager was fearful that nobody would want to hire her because of her choice of songs. She didn't let that stop her.
Our favorite song was"Mississippi Damn." I provided a link below for those who want to hear it. What a remarkable Hamite! We love you Nina and award you with the 2003 Hamite Award. You will not be forgotten.
Serena Williams was the first African-American to win a Career Grand Slam in tennis
Dennis Archer was the first African-American American Bar Association president
Barry Bonds photo #101-yr-1994
Sports in 2003
January 26, 2003 - 91st Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6, 3-6, 6-4
June 23, 2003 - Baseball's Barry Bonds becomes the first player in Major Baseball League history to accomplish 500 career home runs and 500 career steals.
July 4, 2003 - Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers Basketball team is arrested for sexual assault.
July 16, 2003 - Serena Williams and Lance Armstrong win the 11th ESPY Award.
December 22, 2003 - Isiah Thomas of the New York Knicks is hired as President of Basketball Operations.
Did you know you came from an amazing race of people who cared for you? It's true. The amazing accomplishments of our ancestors are recorded on this website. Years ago as slaves it was illegal for slaves to read and write, and a felony for anyone caught teaching them.
The slavemaster wanted to keep them ignorant so they wouldn't organize and rebel against their authority. He was able to dominate blacks in this way. The slavemaster understood the power of education.
Sadly today too many of our own have not learned how truly important it is to learn. Some may look at education as a white thing and to pick up a book as a sellout. Has any ignorant person ever made you feel that way? If so, you should run away as fast as you can from a person like this. You will meet him in a few years while he's pushing a shopping cart around town.
Education and learning are not white; it's a gift for all humanity. Read at all cost; it will add a new dimension to your life, bringing a whole new world you never knew existed. Your ancestors made it all possible for you.
President George W. Bush
Political Scene in 2003
2003 - George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was elected president in 2000 after a close and controversial election, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes nationwide than his opponent. incumbent Vice President Al Gore was on the losing end.
2003 - a coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein, in which U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused him of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda. Saddam's Ba'ath party was disbanded and elections were held. Following his capture on 13 December 2003,
the trial of Saddam took place under the Iraqi Interim Government.
The year 1877 was the worst year for American Blacks
A good foundation means everything when attempting to build and the newly freed Negro just didn't have one. When slaves first tasted freedom in the emancipation, they wanted to assimilate into American culture very badly. They wanted to build and live their lives in harmony with their white American brothers.
There were over four million former slaves who were uneducated and illiterate without any life skills whatsoever. During slavery it was illegal and a felony for anyone caught teaching them to read and write. They were not independent like you and me, but depended on others to provide the necessities of life.
The United States government wanted to help the former slaves and assisted by providing Reconstruction aid which meant education, medical, housing, etc. Imagine the joy in these former slaves heart. The schools were consistently packed with Negroes trying to better themselves. Happiness was all around! Finally! Thanks, America, we will prove we can do it! YEAH! This was the general attitude of the Negro.
Sadly, this joy was very short lived because the United States government stopped aid after a few short years because of pressure by racist whites. This totally uncaring and un-American decision was called the 1877 Compromise, with many Negroes calling it the 1877 Grand Betrayal.
Although the Negro was now free, he would have to make do the best way he knew how, without any help whatsoever from the government who put him in slavery in the first place. These people became downtrodden, uneducated nomads living in a hateful white racist world, and because of future laws (Jim Crow) further restricting their rights would remain this way until the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
A good foundation only was not laid with blacks assimilation into American culture. Many blacks were understandably demoralized, angry and defeated for many years. The weaker ones continue to be so until this day and still hold a grudge that hurts themselves more than anybody else.
Now ones like Mr. Lewis who is pictured above understood his amazing African American heritage, and the many examples of black success stories he went on to model his life after. This helped him because he had a good foundation to build on. Study your incredible history that's included in this website and grow because it really is a thing of extraordinary beauty.
Movies in 2003
Bitter Jester - a documentary (Richard Pryor)
I Ain't Dead Yet, #* %$@!! - a documentary short film about and featuring comedian Richard Pryor.
September 27, 2002 - Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from R&B singer Eric Benet.
Famous Birthdays in 2003
February 14, 2003 - Sayeed Shahidi is an American child actor and model.
August 28, 2003 - Quvenzhané Wallis is an American actress. She is known for her role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild.
- photo #106-yr-1927
Lawrence Eugene Doby
The Great Barry White
Famous Deaths in 2003
January 23, 2003 - Nell Carter was an American singer and actress. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin'.
March 2, 2003 - Hank Ballard was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters and one of the first rock and roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s.
March 12, 2003 - Cherlynne Theresa "Lynne" Thigpen was an American actress, best known for her role as "The Chief" in the various Carmen Sandiego television series from 1991-1997.
April 1, 2003 - Booker T. Bradshaw born in Richmond, Virginia, was an American record producer, film and TV actor, and Motown executive.
June 11, 2003 - William Horace Marshall was an American actor, director, and opera singer. He is best known for his title role in the 1972 blaxploitation classic Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream.
June 18, 2003 - Lawrence Eugene Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) who was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier.
June 23, 2003 - Nellie Stone Johnson was the first credentialed African-American librarian in
the state of California, and was a librarian at Los Angeles Public Library.
July 4, 2003 - Barry White was a 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image.
July 15, 2003 - Elisabeth Margaret Welch, singer, actress, and entertainer, whose career spanned seven decades.
April 21, 2003 - Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Trivia: Nina's dream was to play classical music, but because of racism she was sidetracked. This is what made her unhappy through-out her career.
August 9, 2003 - Gregory Hines was an African-American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.
August 23, 2003 - Bobby Lee Bonds was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball from 1968 to 1981, primarily with the San Francisco Giants.
September 28, 2003 - Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis.
October 21, 2003 - Fred Rerun Berry was an American actor and street dancer. He was best known for the role of Fred "Rerun" Stubbs on the popular 1970s television show What's Happening.
November 14, 2003 - Gene Anthony Ray was an American actor, dancer, and choreographer. He was known for his portrayal of dancer Leroy Johnson in both the 1980 film Fame.
December 27, 2003 - Lawrence Cook was an African American actor.
2003 - Kathryn Hall Bogle was an African American journalist in the state of Oregon, she was also the first black woman to hold a state government position in the state.
"It is worthy of emphasis, that the antiquity of the Negro race is beyond dispute. His brightest days were when history was an infant; and, since he early turned from God, he has found the cold face of hate and the hurtful hand of the Caucasian against him." George Washington Williams
Dislike of black people is a relatively new phenomenon that started after the 16th century. Before this time there wasn't a thing such as racial prejudices. If color issues did arise, it was an infrequent occurrence. It's hardly mentioned in history books. For the most part, skin color was not a factor.
In fact, it's well documented how the early Greek philosophers who were all white, Socrates, Herodotus, Thales, Alexander the Great, Aristotle among others happily mingled with the blacks. Africa was known as the learning capital of the world, and many philosophers traveled to Africa to study about everything from philosophy to mathematics. Pythagoras is believed to have made it the furthest, having studied in Kemet for 23 years.
The Greek Poet Homer was one of those travelers and made the following statement:
"In ancient times the blacks were known to be so gentle to
strangers that many believed that the gods sprang from them.
Homer sings of the Ocean, father of the gods; and says that
when Jupiter wishes to take a holiday, he visits the sea,
and goes to the banquets of the blacks,--a people humble,
courteous, and devout."
Black people had a good reputation for being intelligent, kind and hospitable and enjoying an advanced civilization that the Greeks envied.
If alive today, Greek scholars would find it surprising how a person might believe in superiority simply because of skin color.
History makes the answer easy. After the 16th century, race became an issue for whites because of three dynamics. Greed, science, and white history (legacy).
The trans-Atlantic slave trade was about greed. Free black labor aided in making Europeans countries and America very rich on the backs of black slaves. This created animosity between the blacks and whites.
Erroneous science theories
The introduction of false science teaching aided European and Americans in abandoning their conscience, because science didn't require one. Early Western philosophy advocated peace and treating all men with respect, but subsequent white generations did the opposite. Whites started to feel like gods themselves with their advancements in science and began to exhibit hubris, which is a Greek word denoting overconfident pride combined with arrogance. In other words, their heads became too big.
Incomplete history recording
Eurocentric history is always portrayed as the centerpiece of world history. African history was habitually erased by invading troops to eliminate its contributions and accomplishments to the world while preserving their European legacy. White history regularly portrays Africa as a wasteland full of ignorant savages, but current excavations prove the opposite. Africa was a developed continent with advanced civilizations just as good as Europe if not better.
Not to pick on white people, but it's entirely accurate they made our co-existence on this earth a race issue. This developed scorn or dislike they have for blacks continues down to our day.
Listed below are a few of the so-called geniuses who got the ball rolling in pitting white against black.
Not one ounce of truth could be found in what these early scientists preached as fact. Modern science doesn't agree with them. But guess what? There's still a lot of people who believe in this ridiculous white superiority crap, either conscious or unconsciously, which doesn't say much for the intelligence of these people.
Believe it or not, this is one reason a lot of whites dislike blacks today. It's not rare to hear about media services about blacks being called derogatory names associated with past world history.
So to honestly answer the question above "Why do many in America dislike black people?" At this point, it's because they want to.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a white officer in the Union army had the task of training colored soldiers in the Civil War. He kept a diary for our enjoyment today. (click here)
George W. Williams - History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. (click here)
Mauro Mateus dos Santos (April 3, 1973 – January 24, 2003), better known by his stage name Sabotage, was a Brazilian MC. In 2003, the rapper was shot to death in the head and chest four times.
RBL Posse (short for Ruthless by Law) was a 1990s gangsta rap group from Hunters Point in San Francisco, California. Member of the group Hitman was shot and killed while driving in the Hunters Point section of San Francisco.
The Damu Ridas were an assortment of Bloods gang members from South Los Angeles who recorded the Bloods & Crips collaboration albums Bangin' on Wax and Bangin' on Wax 2... The Saga Continues. B-Brazy of Damu Ridas was shot and killed on May 9, 2003.
Jason Johnson (December 9, 1981 - May 19, 2003), also known as Camoflauge, was a U.S. rapper from Hitch Village housing project in Savannah, Georgia. Johnson was gunned down outside of Pure Pain Recording Studio in May 2003.
Onyx is an American hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York. The group is composed of East Coast rappers Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr and Sonny Seeza. The late Big DS (Marlon Fletcher) was also a member, but left after the group's debut album. Fletcher died from complications of cancer.
Jasun Wardlaw (January 25, 1973 – October 24, 2003) better known by his stage name, Half A Mill was a Brooklyn-based American rapper who was shot and killed in the Albany Projects in Brooklyn, New York on October 24, 2003.
James Adarryl Tapp, Jr. (September 9, 1977 – November 26, 2003), better known by his stage name Soulja Slim, was an American rapper. On November 26, 2003, an unknown gunman shot Tapp four times.
Famous Weddings in 2003
January 11, 2003 - Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs were married.
March 22, 2003 - Big Boi and Sherlita Patton were married.
May 13, 2003 - Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer were married.
May 19, 2003 - Michael Jace and April Jace were married.
May 22, 2003 - Kevin Hart and Torrei Hart were married.
June 9, 2003 - C.C. Sabathia and Amber Williams were married.
July 1, 2003 - Evander Holyfield and Candi Calvana Smith were married.
August 2003 - Ivan Sergei and Tanya Sergei were married.
September 8, 2003 - Ginuwine and Sole were married.
November 2, 2003 - Olivia Williams and Rhashan Stone were married.
December 7, 2003 - Mary J. Blige and record producer Kendu Isaacs had a quiet ceremony at her house in Bergen County, New Jersey, conducted by their pastor, none other than Dr. Frederick K.C. Price.
December 31, 2003 - Alaina Huffman and John Henry Huffman were married.
2003 - Malik Yoba and Cat Wilson were married.
2003 - Wesley Snipes and Nikki Park were married.
2003 - Beetlejuice and Babyjuice were married.
2003 - Heather Headley and Brian Musso were married.
2003 - Viola Davis and Julius Tennon were married.
2003 - Reagan Gomez-Preston and Dewayne Tunentine were married.
2003 - Prince Fielder and Chanel Fielder were married.
Famous Divorces in 2003
January 2003 - Mike Tyson and Monica Turner were divorced.
2003 - Idris Elba and Kim Elba were divorced.
2003 - Kurupt and Natina Reed were divorced.
2003 - Kenny Anderson and Tamiyka Lockhart were divorced.
2003 - Mekhi Phifer and Malinda Williams were divorced.
2003 - Beetlejuice and Babyjuice were divorced.
2003 - Dominique Wilkins and Nicole Berry were divorced.
2003 - Chris Tucker and Azja Pryor were divorced.
2003 - Patti LaBelle and Armstead Edwards were divorced.
2003 - Brian McKnight and Julie McKnight were divorced.
Soul Train ran from 1971-2006
Music in 2003
Billboard Top Soul Hits:
"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" Erykah Badu featuring Common
"Miss You" Aaliyah
"In da Club" 50 Cent
"Excuse Me Miss" Jay-Z
"Get Busy" Sean Paul
"21 Questions" 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg
"So Gone" Monica
"Crazy in Love" Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
"Frontin'" Pharrell featuring Jay-Z
"Baby Boy" Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
"Stand Up" Ludacris featuring Shawnna
"Step in the Name of Love" R. Kelly
"You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys
Popular Soul Dances:
Musical Happenings in 2003:
June 24, 2003 - appearing on the BET Awards, James Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Michael Jackson, and he would perform with him.
Isaac Hayes was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Urban Awards for his enduring influence on generations of music makers. Throughout his songwriting career, Hayes received five BMI R&B Awards, two BMI Pop Awards, two BMI Urban Awards and six Million-Air citations. As of 2008, his songs generated more than 12 million performances.
A tribute is held to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a gospel legend, at the Bottom Line Cabaret in New York, featuring performances from the Dixie Hummingbirds, Odetta, and others; the same year, a tribute album is released by MC Records, called Shout, Sister, Shout: A Tribute to Rosetta Tharpe.
Blues Hall of Fame for 2003:
The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum located in Memphis, Tennessee. Until recently, the "Blues Hall of Fame" was not a physical building, but a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. Started in 1980 by the Blues Foundation, it honors those who have performed, recorded, or documented blues. The actual building for the hall opened to the public on May 8, 2015
BET Awards winners in 2003:
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Comedian and actress Mo'Nique hosted the show.
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Gospel Artist
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
Jaheim & R. Kelly (Tie)
Best New Artist
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson – "Beautiful"
Video of the Year
"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
performed by Erykah Badu feat. Common
B2K feat. Diddy – "Bump, Bump, Bump
Best Female Athlete
Best Male Athlete
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Lifetime Achievement Award
Grammy winners in 2003:
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 23, 2003 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Musicians accomplishments from the previous year were recognized.
Best Traditional Blues Album
Anthony Daigle & B. B. King (producer & artist) for A Christmas Celebration of Hope
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Joe Henry (producer) & Solomon Burke for Don't Give Up On Me
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture
Allan Slutsky for Standing in the Shadows of Motown performed by The Funk Brothers & various artists
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
John Chelew (producer), & the Blind Boys of Alabama for Higher Ground
Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album
B.J. Goss (engineer/mixer) for Be Glad performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
My Ship-Herbie Hancock
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Doug Doctor, Herbie Hancock & Roy Hargrove for Directions in Music
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
"Auld Lang Syne"-B.B. King
Best Pop Instrumental Album
"Just Chillin'"-Norman Brown
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
He Think I Don't Know-Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
U Don't Have To Call-Usher
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Love's in Need of Love Today-Stevie Wonder & Take 6
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
What's Going On-Chaka Khan & The Funk Brothers
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, Rashid Lonnie Lynn (Common), Robert Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq & Glen Standridge (songwriters) for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" performed by Erykah Badu featuring Common
Best R&B Album
Alvin Speights (engineer/mixer),& India.Arie (producer & artist) for Voyage to India
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Brian Springer, & Ashanti for Ashanti
Best Female Rap Solo Performance
Scream a.k.a. Itchin-Missy Elliott
Best Male Rap Solo Performance
Hot In Herre-Nelly
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
The Whole World-Outkast & Killer Mike
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Dilemma'-Nelly & Kelly Rowland
Best Reggae Album
Jamaican E.T.-Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Best Spoken Word Album
Charles B. Potter (producer) & Maya Angelou for A Song Flung Up to Heaven
Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch for Michael to come from audience at the end of video.
Low-rise jeans and thong whale tail of the 2000s
Young woman in low-rise jeans
Nike Jordan Tennis Shoes
Men's baseball cap
Fashions in 2003
The 2000s fashion are often described as being a "mash-up", where trends saw the fusion of previous styles, global and ethnic clothing (e.g. boho), as well as the fashions of numerous music-based subcultures. Hip-hop fashion generally was the most popular among young people, followed by the unisex indie look later in the decade.
When the 2000s kicked off, the fashion was profoundly influenced by technology. From late 1999 until late 2001, there was a monochromatic futuristic approach to fashion, with metallics, shiny blacks, heavy use of gray, straps, and buckles becoming commonplace. This was called "Y2K fashion". Particular pieces of Y2K clothing included mesh tops, box-pleated skirts, handkerchief tops, satin skirts, leather skirts, concert t-shirts with rhinestones, sparkling shoes, halter tops, and sequinned pants. Girl's fashion trends were oversized sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, oversized hoop earrings, jeans worn for numerous occasions (such as low-rise, boot-cut, fabric accents down the sides, fabric accents sewn into the flares, lace-up sides and tie-dye), wedge flip flops, hot pants, denim jackets, chunky sweaters, pashmina scarves, Skechers, belly shirts, and tube tops. Women wore long-sleeved shirts with bell sleeves, cowl-neck tops, crop tops, Burberry, hoodies, flare jeans, hip-huggers, low rise pants, white jeans, whale tails, cargo pants (especially ones made out of silk, satin, and velvet) hip-hop inspired sweatpants, daisy dukes, thong underwear, and solid bright-colored tights. These fashions remained popular well into the late 2000s. Popular accessories of the early 2000s include white belts, aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, hoop earrings, Mary Janes, leg warmers (worn with mini skirts), ugg boots, flip-flops, jelly shoes, lace-up sandals, newsboy caps, ponchos, and jelly bracelets.
At the very beginning of the decade, the excitement of entering the new millennium had become evident in fashion in the first couple of years, although this was only prominent in nightclub and "going out" attire. Clothing was mostly made in black, though silver was also fashionable. An example of this would be a tracksuit, a dress shirt, a pair of pants, a camp shirt, or a jacket in a fancy metallic pattern for going out; while also compromising of items such as leather coats and pants, puffy vests and jackets, ribbed sweaters and shirts, and chunky dress shoes, usually in futuristic colors such as black, silver, light gray, and white. After the events of 9/11, fashion became more conservative, forgoing the futuristic styles of before. Distressed denim made a comeback, with sandblasted highlights, frosted jeans, ripped jeans, and whiskering becoming commonplace. A lower rise jean had emerged during this part of the decade, effectively getting rid of the high-waisted styles of the 1990s. Light-colored polo shirts (sometimes striped and with collars popped), cargo pants (even ones made out of linen during warmer months), khaki chinos, bootcut jeans, corduroy pants, and rugby shirts. Practical hiking jackets (of the type made by Berghaus), fleeces, puffer jackets, and padded tartan lumberjack-type shirts were worn as winter outerwear along with brown, grey, burgundy, rust, maroon, or forest green turtleneck sweaters, and odd navy blue, stone grey, beige, or natural linen sportcoats that fastened with three buttons. These fashions continued into the mid and late 2000s. Men's Accessories of the early 2000s included white belts, Aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, flip-flops, oxford shoes, argyle socks, sneakers from brands such as Nike, Skechers, Adidas, and Puma, baseball caps (bearing the logos of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams), and jelly bracelets.
Youth fashion was strongly influenced by Hip-Hop. The clothing of American hip-hop fans underwent an evolution from the sagging baggy gangster jeans of the late 1990s to a more retro look by the end of the decade. Popular items of clothing included wide leg jeans, baseball jackets,Nike Air Jordans, tracksuits, sweatpants, bucket hats, stunna shades, fur-lined puffer jackets, and flat-brim trucker hats or baseball caps (often retaining the store label). During the early 2000s, many wealthy white jocks and preppies imitated the gangsta lifestyle, eschewing the semi-formal conservative look of the 1980s and 90s in favor of gold bling, expensive designer clothes, sneakers, dark jeans, and sweatpants.
For African-American men, the cornrows (popularized by former NBA player Allen Iverson) and buzz cut were a popular trend that continued into the early 2000s.
Will more blacks adopt the American standard?
Maybe it's time to send the old Negro standard to the black museum
In America's beginning, immigrants from Europe had the incredible opportunity to live a better life and perhaps become rich beyond their wildest dreams. This was a hope that had never existed for regular everyday people in the entire history of man.
In contrast, Africans were sold into slavery, mostly by their governments and forced to travel to America as slaves. For them, this was not a dream, but an atrocious nightmare. The opportunity didn't exist for the vast majority of blacks to make a better life for themselves.
Once in America, these Europeans would eventually band together to focus on a common enemy, the black-skinned negro. This banding together against the blacks made whites stronger, and blacks weaker.
Some of these whites were very vocal in their dislike for black people, calling them bad names such as savages, animals, wild beast, ignorant, etc., and others were indifferent, choosing to remain on the sidelines by remaining silent. But they were just as guilty for allowing democracy to be trampled.
Even though professing to be the most intelligent compassionate creatures on earth, they couldn't understand how their actions would undermine everything America was supposed to represent. They became terrible guardians of hope and justice in a new and civilized world.
After slavery was finally outlawed in America, it was replaced with another oppression just as worse in the form of Jim Crow laws. These laws regulated blacks to 2nd class citizenship. These laws made blacks feel like they were not a part of the American process, and made many feel worthless as human beings and lacking in self-confidence.
But after the 60s civil rights movement, blacks started to slowly come around and take what belonged to them regarding good jobs, moving to nicer neighborhoods, etc. But still faced a white power structure at the job and at home that failed to recognize them as real American brothers. Even though new Civil Rights laws were in place, blacks still faced an uphill battle every day, but now in the form of a silent hate, called covert racism.
It's a situation that still exist in America.
Especially before the sixties, blacks were excluded in all aspects of American living by whites. Thus the need to create a black way of doing things became necessary. Many blacks in those days took pride in being different from white America. We felt that if whites didn't want anything to do with us professionally or socially, we didn't want anything to do with them.
So, we spoke our language using jive talk and slang and created special handshakes when greeting one another. We designed our style of colorful clothes and fashioned our hair differently. We ate our style of soul food.
These were all great and original African-American inventions that we needed for our own identity and kept us with a measure of sanity in a racist and vile America.
These inventions were considered being hep/ hip by all, and if a black person didn't practice these Negro standards, they would be regarded as a sell-out or trying to act white.
Blacks were very smart to invent the Negro standard, so what's the problem?
The problem began after the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. It was now legal for blacks to achieve equality in America as much as our hearts desired. We now had the law on our side. Even though this was still not a guarantee to eliminate racism and exclusion, it would make our fight a little easier.
But sadly, many blacks were not prepared and attempted to bring the old Negro standard way of doing things into the American mainstream. There was an immediate culture clash. Whites didn't know anything about black Americans and became afraid and filled with even more hate towards them because now they had to share America equally.
Now with the law on our side, you would think that blacks would have run to the schools and colleges to educate themselves. But many were afraid of the white power structure because it was very intimidating.
But not to the black woman. She knew the only way to win this struggle was to fight fire with fire, by becoming better educated. She attended school and learned all she could, and quickly realized she was just as smart if not smarter than whites. She then went out to fight.
She was victorious and continues to be so today.
The black male didn't put up a good fight like the female because he was intimidated by the hate other races directed towards him and chose to live a life of running game and boy-like behavior to make his living. Also, the black man didn't want to abide by the America standard way of doing things because he still considered it an enemy.
The result was that many of our people got left behind by not successfully making the distinction between white people and the American standard. These are two different things, and that needs repeating. These are two separate things and are easily confused as being the same. White people don't own the American standard, and they don't control it. White people knew blacks get hung up on this stumbling block and discouraged us at every step.
There would be many blacks who gauged and jumped this obstacle, but far too many quit or didn't even try. The successful ones would go on to make a nice living and provide for their families and care less about racist whites and their hate for us, or the foolish blacks who would say bad things about them for acting white. To this very day, it remains a difficult thing for blacks to give up the old negro way of thinking.
For example, we are not acting white if we.......
We live in America and are Americans. English is our nations official language. It's the American standard to speak proper English, and not only for white people. It's for yellow, brown, red and all Americans.
America is a civilized country and at the moment the best in the world. Its citizens are courteous and considerate to one another. This is not a white thing. It's the American standard.
The American standard teaches us to take care of our families and handle our business as responsible adults, which is not a white thing to practice, but an American thing to do.
To attend school and shoot for the stars to better ourselves is not a white thing, it's expected of all Americans to keep the country smarter and stronger which once again goes to the American standard category, not white people category.
If we try to take our old way of thinking out in public or to the workplace, we surely will be met with problems. It won't work. Other races don't understand our old negro standard and will become annoyed or offended, just like we would if in a group of people and couldn't understand what they were doing or saying. This is why the old Negro standard and American standard cannot exist side by side.
Refusal to depart from the old Negro standard is one reason we still have black slums, living near poverty, low self-esteem and every other negative we can think. The Negro standard at one time served a necessary purpose but now holds us back as a race. It's time to put the Negro standard in a black museum. It's outdated.
Give up the swag?
But let's make one thing clear, it's not advocated giving up the music, fried chicken, chitterlings, corn bread and collard greens or even the swag that took years to perfect. There are a place and time for everything. No, that's not the point. The point is always to exercise common sense when dealing with other races and remain cognizant of the American standard.
There will still be plenty of hate to face us.
Yes, there will be, but it's better to have success and be hated than to be unsuccessful and hated. A word of caution though. There are many of our people who hate us also and would love if we still lived in the old Negro standard.
Do you believe that successful blacks have a moral obligation to help its people? Our ancestors thought so. They understood the path for success and continually stressed education and living within the American standard as the only way to achieve that.
Today, we don't have our ancestors to look up to for advice. But believe it or not, singers, entertainers, rappers and sports athletes have taken their place. Most blacks give these people the top priority and will follow their every word, frequently ignoring their education, and buying their product. The question becomes, are these people for their own needs or are they instructing the black community to embrace the American standard?
United States Census for African Americans in the 2000s
Our Community in 2003 Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:
June 24, 2003 - appearing on the BET Awards, James Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Michael Jackson and would perform with him.
December 7, 2003 - James Brown was a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors.
December 13, 2003 - Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.
2000s - The United States Population is 281,421,906 with a total of 34,658,190 being African Americans.
How did religion begin for the American Negro?
Well, it was an exciting journey for sure, but as usual, we have to go back into history for the likely answer. Before arriving in America as slaves, generally speaking, our ancestors practiced a religion which included fetishism.
What is fetishism you may ask?
Traditional Benin Voodoo Dance
Fetishism is a man-made object (such as the doll aound the lady's neck in the picture) that is thought to have power over others. Africans were extremely superstitious in their native land.
But once exposed to religious teachers in America, quickly left their superstitious past behind them, and would frown upon new arrivals of Africans who practiced fetishism in religion.
In Europe, the Roman Catholic Church had lost their grip on people with their questionable religious practices. There were many who thought the Church was wrong and formed a protest or a Protestant Reformation that resulted in the creation of tons of different religions with their doctrines and teachings claiming to be Christian.
A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views
that relate humanity to an order of existence.
Episcopal, Jesuits, Methodists, Protestant, Anglican, Lutheranism, Calvinism, Presbyterianism, Wesleyanism were all against Roman Catholic teachings.
But there would be a new religion on the horizon for humanity that went by the name of science. The introduction of science was in many ways entirely different than Christianity because it taught man to believe and rely on himself and his creations, rather than on a Supreme Being he couldn't see.
Faith is something foreign and unbelievable to a scientist. Also, this new form of religion would give these believers complete moral authority to do as they wished without a guilty conscience or retribution from a Surpreme Being.
This is what made slavery right or moral in the eyes of so many whites because new science taught that whites were superior and blacks inferior. The theory of evolution is another example in clear teaching that the world exists because of a big bang instead of being created, and also man evolved from apes rather than being created.
Do you believe in Evolution? If so, evolution is your religion because mainstream religion and evolution just don't jive, it's either one or the other.
During slavery, most of the first black congregations and churches were founded by free blacks, but slaves learned about Christianity by attending services led by a white preacher or supervised by a white person. Slaveholders often held prayer meetings at their plantations. Methodist and Baptist were the preferred choices of slaves because of its message.
But after slavery blacks were still restricted in the white churches so what they did next is not a surprise. They began to form their churches free from white rulership and exclusion, but kept the doctrine and teachings, but of course with a more lively twist (singing and dancing). It's clear they still had African culture in their hearts. This would mark the beginning of a new American creation, the black church.
The following is a very brief history of religion in Black America:
William J. Seymour - photo#111-yr-2015
Charles Fox Parham an independent holiness evangelist who believed strongly in divine healing, was an important figure in the emergence of Pentecostalism as a distinct Christian movement. But it wasn't until one of his black students named William J. Seymour learned these teaching and took it back to California with him that the Pentecostal movement took off like wildfire.
Seymour's preaching sparked the famous three-year-long Azusa Street Revival in 1906. Worship at the racially integrated Azusa Mission featured an absence of any order of service. (whites would later dislike this) People preached and testified as moved by the Spirit, spoke and sung in tongues, and fell in the Spirit. Blacks whites and other races would attend these services. But there was a matter of Jim Crow to be kept in mind that made it illegal for blacks and whites to mix.
So whites broke away from Seymour and began their Pentecostal churches. It's a fact that the beginning of the widespread Pentecostal movement in the United States is considered to have started with one-eyed black preacher William J. Seymour's Azusa Street Revival.
The Church Of God in Christ (COGIC) -
Church Of God in Christ Baptism photo#112-yr-2015
The Church Of God in Christ was formed in 1897 by a group of disfellowshiped Baptists, most notably Charles Price Jones (1865–1949) and Charles Harrison Mason (1866–1961) and is a Pentecostal Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership. It ranks as the largest Pentecostal denomination and the fifth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. Evangelical Baptist, and Methodist preachers traveled throughout the South in the Great Awakening of the late 18th century and appealed directly to slaves, and a few thousand slaves converted. Early COGIC leaders were very much attracted by the Pentecostal message and would break from the Baptist for this reason.
A.M.E. Church -
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the A.M.E. Church, is a predominantly African-American Methodist denomination based in the US. It is the oldest independent Protestant denomination founded by blacks in the world. It was founded by the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816 from several black Methodist congregations in the mid-Atlantic area that wanted independence from white Methodists.
Baptists are individuals who comprise a group of denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers (believer's baptism, as opposed to infant baptism) and that it must be done by complete immersion (as opposed to affusion or sprinkling). Other tenets of Baptist churches include soul competency (liberty), salvation through faith alone, Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, pastors, and deacons. Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant churches, though some Baptists disavow this identity.
An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim. Jews felt like they were chosen people who were promised a land filled with milk and honey, a holy land. This promise was made to Abraham and his seed. Abraham's wife Sarah had trouble conceiving children so to keep the promise alive and in the family she chose Hagar who was an Egyptian handmaid to have sexual relations with Abraham to bear a son, which is what they did. This son's name was Ishmael.
But something happened later that would throw things into a tizzy. At a very old age Sarah was now able to have kids and bore a son named Isaac.
Now here's the problem. Does the promise belong to Sarah's son or Hagar's son? Sarah felt it belonged to her bloodline, so she sent Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness for them to die. But guess what? They didn't die. Muhammad who was the final prophet sent by God as identified in the Quran was born within Ishmael's seed line.
So even to this day these two groups don't care for each other.
This religion by far has proven to be the most destructive for humankind. Its users have created a world of me, me, me, by magnifying themselves, sincerely believing they are all of that and a bag of chips. Also the belief that spirited competition is healthy and useful. Win at all cost! The survival of the fittest theory. Many genocides were accomplished in the name of science. It teaches us that man originates from apes, (many blacks lost their life because of this false teaching) the earth was created from nothing and in essence humans are their gods. The bad far outweighs the good with the practice of science. Just look around.
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